We believe that information, converted into action, followed by structured critical
reflection, can lead to a ripple effect ultimately bringing about social change.
This LC aims to provide educational experiences that will prepare you to identify what you truly love about the world (Hermann Hesse) and ultimately be the change you want to see in it (Mohandas Gandhi). By examining historical and current cases and theories of change, movements, and transformation, the ‘Ripple Effect’ LC will address the following questions in an experiential format:
- What in your community/world do you care enough about to do something about?
- How do you organize your thoughts, build upon resources, and implement strategies for social change?
- How do you know when you have brought about some level of influence of social change? How do you know it was good or right?
Members will attend a Pre-Semester Retreat during the week prior to the beginning of classes. Curricular Components will enroll you in four courses during the year – two in Liberal Studies (LS), one Leadership course, and your FYE course: University Studies. A Community Engagement Project will allow you to address a relevant issue working together.
If you are interested – bring your heart, mind, and soul and prepare to embark on a journey where you will become a part of something that is bigger than you, but better because of you.
Students will be enrolled as a cohort in the following courses:
|Term||Days/Times||Course ID||Course Title - (credit)||Course Type||Instructor|
1:25 - 2:15
|ENT 195-03||First-year seminar in Entrepreneurship: Creating Ripple Effects by Action - (3)||Liberal Studies - First year seminar||Dr. Lane Perry|
2:30 - 3:20
|USI 130||University Studies - Ripple Effect LC - (1)||A FYE Transition Pathways Course||Rebecca Lasher|
|Spring 2014||TBA||CJ 293||Special Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice - (3)||Criminal Justice||Dr. Cyndy Caravelis Hughes|
|TBA||LEAD 141||Leadership and Student Development: Ripple Effect LC||Leadership Minor||Dr. Todd Collins, Dr. Lane Perry|
ENT 195 - First-year Seminar in Entrepreneurship: Creating Ripple Effects by Action
This course is designed to assist students with identifying community issues, expose them to relevant information pertaining to these issues, and develop a process for addressing issues and integrating information; a transferable model for promoting and instigating social change can be applied.
Instructor Bio: My name is Dr. Lane Perry and let’s just say I am beyond excited to have you involved in The Ripple Effect Learning Community. In my 30 years on earth I have had the opportunity to see the ‘ripple effect’ of life and positive, educated action play out in a number of scenarios. From growing up in Saudi Arabia to my four years living in New Zealand, I have played witness and activist to organizing and promoting social change for the better. Along my journey of life I have travelled to over 40 countries (lived and taught in two), experienced the 2010 and 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, extensively researched student leadership development, and most recently became a father. Bring your head, heart, and soul and take the first steps towards becoming the ‘change you want to see in your world”.
USI 130 - University Studies
This course is an introduction to the university and to higher education will help you make a seamless transition to your new community at WCU as you “Calibrate your compass.” You will be introduced to the academic, procedural, and social elements of your new community. Class sessions are interactive and focused on personal and academic growth, helping you to integrate your classroom learning with co-curricular activities and residence hall programming as you discover your place in your new community. This section of USI 130 is designed to address the specific goals of The Flourishing Learning Community and enrollment is limited to students enrolled in LC02. To learn more about FYE Transition pathways, you may visit here.
Instructor Bio: After receiving her graduate degree from the University of Tennessee in 1985, Rebecca Lasher worked in clinical social work for 23 years specializing in counseling with children and adolescents. Rebecca has been a professor at Western Carolina University since 2008 in the department of social work. She has a genuine passion for teaching and believes that education involves a personal, affirmative and individualized relationship with students. Her major research interests include poverty and how it impacts both children and families. She was a member of the WCU Poverty Project in 2011-12 and has organized alternative Spring break service learning trips to Jamaica for the last two years. Her service at WCU includes serving as the Faculty Senate Secretary and facilitating Intergroup Dialogue sessions for students.
CJ 293 - Special Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice
How do you know what you "know" to be true?
- Are the differences that you perceive between people really there or are they something that we've fabricated?
- Do you often look at human interaction and wonder why we act the way that we do?
If so, this course is for you. We will examine the social construction of categories of difference with an emphasis on race/ethnicity, social class, gender and sexuality. Specifically, we will focus on issues of diversity, oppression and social justice. We will examine on how the law can used as an instrument of Repression, marginalization and exclusion. But it isn’t all bad news! We will also examines how we have evolved to overcome those differences and how we, as a people, have strived for equality and compassion.
Instructor Bio: Dr. Caravelis Hughes’ current research interests include the relationship between social threat and social control, the effect of inequality on crime, theoretical criminology and the death penalty. In addition to her academic endeavors, has extensive field experience. Her prior positions include working as a legislative analyst for Florida’s Commission on Capital Cases, as a crime intelligence analyst for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and as an academic instructor in both male and female correctional institutions.
LEAD 141 - Leadership and Student Development: Ripple Effect LC
This course is designed to promote and develop ethically and morally responsible, fully functioning leaders. This section will be a problem-based laboratory to operationalize the learning goals for the Ripple Effect Learning Community (LC 04)
Dr. Lane Perry: see above
Dr. Todd Collins: Dr. Todd Collins’ research and teaching focuses on constitutional law, judicial behavior, and legal institutions. His research has been published in both law reviews and political science journals, including articles on the First Amendment, immigration policy, judicial appointments, and judge’s voting behaviors. In addition to being a licensed attorney, Dr. Collins has been a faculty member at WCU since 2007, serves as the pre-law advisor for the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs, and is a faculty advisor for WCU’s Pre-Law Club.